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The Bride of Christ

Revelation 19:7

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

IMG_0301As a pastor I have performed my share of weddings – not as many as some pastors – because I normally require that the couple be part of the church I am serving or have a family relationship. I also require counseling – four to six sessions – and that normally has folks from outside the church running for a pastor without that requirement.

When I counsel couples – young or older – whatever the living arrangements might be – I encourage them both to take steps to prepare for their wedding day. Preparation usually includes planning the wedding together – each taking a part and responsibility. Preparation usually includes talking about things like finances – families – their future – their careers – their family plans. Preparation also talks about being sexually pure (even if they haven’t up to that point) from the start of our counseling until the wedding night. I include many things in their prep time – as they prepare for the wedding.

wedding_ringsThe Bible calls the church – the saved – the Body of Christ – the saints – but it also calls us the bride of Christ. Here’s my question for the church today – what are we doing to be prepared for our wedding with Jesus? Revelation 19:7 – Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

How are we making ourselves – individually and collectively – ready for our wedding with Christ? Salvation is a free gift – but being a child of God requires a certain amount of faithfulness – a certain amount of walking out our faith.

When I counsel couples preparing for marriage – I remind them that it is a two-way street. Each person has certain responsibilities in a marriage and there are some responsibilities they will share as well. What is our part in preparing for the wedding feast with Jesus? Once we can name them – are we walking them out?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 5, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Questions, Theology, Worship | , , , , , ,

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